Do what Vajpayee did to win hearts in Kashmir: Mehbooba to Modi

Do what Vajpayee did to win hearts in Kashmir: Mehbooba to Modi
Do what Vajpayee did to win hearts in Kashmir: Mehbooba to Modi

NEW DELHI: Pitching for an early start to a dialogue process with people of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seize the opportunity created by the unrest to “win the hearts” of the masses and solve their problems, the way Atal Bihari Vajpayee did.

Emerging from a two-hour meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh with whom she discussed the situation in the Valley, large parts of which have been under curfew for over a month now, Mehbooba told reporters that the Modi Government had a huge mandate.

“I am hopeful that the Prime Minister will take this as an opportunity to initiate dialogue with people in Jammu and Kashmir to address their problems. There is a need to take the same initiative of winning hearts of people, which was taken during (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji’s tenure,” she told reporters here.

The meeting was called by Singh to review the situation in the State and Mehbooba was asked to participate in the meeting which was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parikar, National Security Advisor A K Doval and other senior officials of Home, Defence and Finance ministries. (AGENCIES)